Saturday, September 21, 2013

Images and Words, Plus a Map!

So, based on a hand (computer) drawn map of the location of the guest house I will be staying in, in Rwanda, I have created a Google Map of important landmarks and a new place called "Home" - the Ward Brooks Guest House.

Here is a link to that map which I have made public so you can peruse if you so desire.

Rwanda Map

Another interesting thing about Rwanda is that there aren't really any street addresses.  The streets do not always have names, I am, as of yet, unsure what the different KK16 etc names are in Google Maps.  The big roads have names.  The way you say where you are going is to pick a landmark that people will know about, if you were taking a taxi, and then give directions from there.  Like, drive west on African Union Boulevard from Prince House and turn right on the next street.  It will be the big house with the gate, or something.

This means, among other things, you cannot get mail at your home unless you have some sort of official address, like an embassy or something.  So, when I arrive, I will have to rent a PO Box at the Kigali post office if I want to receive snail mail.

Next up on the agenda is photos.  Here are some photos of the guest house that were sent to me by its owner.

You are now formally invited to imagine me doing work atop that gorgeous platform gazing every so often at the "Land of a Thousand Hills".



  1. Wow, that's way better than the tent I imagined you sleeping in!

  2. Looks like a nice place but did you take shower shoes with you?